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These were arguably the two greatest players in the history of the game at the peak of their powers going at it in five incredibly hard-fought and very close matches. They played a total of 144 games! Kasparov emerged the winner every time (except the aborted match of ‘84), but the total score in the matches was only 73–71 in his favor.

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Can you please explain to me the bolded passage. I'm not sure whether I understand it properly given the context. Does it mean that Kasparov was considered to be the favourite but he didn't win the majority of the matches.

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  • Kasporov, Garry was the top rated (in the world) international chess grandmaster for many years. He won a great many games of chess. When someone is widely recognized as the best in the world, they are expected to win. Dec 25, 2019 at 16:14

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To "emerge the winner" is to win. You can think of the meaning as a shortened form of to "emerge [= come out of, finish] (the competition) (as) the winner." In other words, Kasparov won all five matches.

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